STREET VENDING PERSISTS IN MONZE

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By ANDREW MUKOMA

LACK of suitable trading space in Monze Market has contributed to street vending as traders are not willing to operate from the market.

Market Committee Chairperson Kenneth Mweene said the main market lacked the capacity to house all traders forcing most of them to trade on the streets.

Mr Mweene noted that the council had allocated the traders with space to trade from but they were more than the space allocated to them.

The market committee chairperson appealed to the council to provide additional sanitary facilities, noting that the main market had limited facilities to service the large number of traders.

He, however, commended the council for the ongoing construction of an additional ablution block, stating that it would improve the trading environment in the market.

“I attribute the high number of street vendors to inadequate trading space in the main market. Although the council allocated space for traders, it is still insufficient to cater for all the traders and this was forcing many to conduct their businesses on the streets,’’ Mr Mweene said.

“We are also in need of additional sanitary facilities for the high number of traders at our market, “he added.

Monze District Council public relations officer Nelson Kazeze affirmed the council’s commitment to provide traders with needed services, noting that the department was in talks with the Ministry of Local Government to modernise the market.

Mr Kazeze further observed that the council through the department of works was currently constructing an ablution block worth K252, 000 to ensure traders were operating in an environment with proper sanitary facilities.

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